The Quezon City local government stressed it shall never condone any acts of violence or violation of human rights, regardless of reason or justification, especially when committed by its officials or employees or any of the city’s barangay officials.
It issued the statement following the viral incident involving an ambulant vendor and members of the city’s Task Force Disiplina.
City Hall has already started a full-blown investigation on the matter, as it assured that any person found to have acted unlawfully or improperly shall be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
While it emphasized the need to enforce quarantine protocols, it said its personnel and agents are strongly reminded to always conduct themselves with proper decorum and restraint and to observe compassion and tolerance, especially in these difficult times.
Task Force Disiplina head Rannie Ludovica admitted that based on the video, members of his task force erred in striking the victim. However, he said the man was never punched or kicked.
He said Task Force personnel involved in the incident have been placed under 60-day preventive suspension. The victim also tested positive for drug use.